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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didnít expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. Weíre sneaking up on winter with a boatload of bravado and this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods, our Saison has an assertive spiciness. In your face, winter.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3801) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Can. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a very small head. Nose is a bit sour with some strong spiciness to it. Taste isnít as sour as the nose implies; spices comes through as well. Has a bit of a bite, too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Canned December 16, 2012.
Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy straw color, rather clear though, exposing fine carbonation bubbles. The head is white and pillowy with average retention, it settles into a foamy ring while leaving some messy lacing.
Aroma: The aroma is hard to describe, some spices throughout, slightly peppery, with some funk, and lemons.
Taste: The intro is a bit bland, hints of lemon though, with a clean malty mid-taste that picks up hints of banana and a very light herbal flavor, slight funk with a lingering spice on the finish. Very refreshing, but a bit bland, easy as heck to drink though.
Palate: Medium creamy body, with sharp carbonation on the finish.
Overall: I donít love this when it comes to critical drinking, thereís nothing about this that makes me want to come back to it if Iím picking it apart. What makes this beer great is itís drinkability. This is a beer I could easily put back a 6 pack of without thinking. I enjoy this, I just wish it were available for the Summer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Can: Pour is hazy gold with a fast fading medium white head. aroma is strong cardamom and clove spice. Ginger and lemon as well. Flavour is lemon, slightly yeasty. white pepper, cardamom spice. Earthy biscuity malt. Body is a touch on the thin side, but overall I enjoyed this very spice forward beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Tasting from bottle at BevMo, Sacramento. Pours yellow with a small white head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a lightly sour pale malt flavor with a very fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Aroma: mostly cardamom, a touch of citrus, light malts. Appearance: light golden, fairly hazy, white head with good retention, thin lacing. Flavor: light malts, lemon, some spicy hops, medium bitterness, lots of cardamom, light pepper note. Palate: light-medium body, medium carbonation. Overall: actually quite nice, the cardamom could be scaled back a touch.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Looks pale, cloudy, and frothy. Smells Yeasty like fermenting dough, The flavor comes with a slight pause then a bite of cardamon drags you in to the floral hoppyness that stains your mouth, all paired with a slight Saison tartness. Palate is thin and refreshing then evaporates away into a joyful hop flavored dryness. For some reason my imagination of that description creates a visual image of a hanging out sassy old grandma that you are always happy you spent the time hearing their stories.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1955) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
12 oz. can to glass. Pours hazy pale yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film and collar. Aroma has strong cardamon along with lemon citrus pepper and biscuit and yeast. Taste again more cardamon and pepper spice with hints of bitterness funk citrus lemon grass and malt. Palate is thin to medium with a drying finish. This is not a bad beer. I happen to really enjoy cardamon, so its a plus for me!

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Can. Pours a bright, clear yellow with a little white head. Aroma is cardamom and citrus. I donít get saisons.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours a light lemon yellow with a fizzy/creamy 3 finger white head. Aroma for some reason reminds me of thanksgiving turkey. Not necessarily dressing either. Maybe the gravy. Can that be cardamom? Well they do put it in stuffing. Strong aroma. Med body. Flavor is sort of earthy citrus. Certainly dry. Decently bitter. This is whacked in a good way.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Location: 12 oz can from jcos, 1/29/13

Aroma: It is heavy heavy spice: cardamom, ginger, etc, with some light lemon/orange rind notes
Appearance: Pours a completely clear golden color with a small white head and spotty lace
Flavor: Thereís still a ton of spice, but the yeast, citrus rind, and hop notes come through too
Palate: The body is medium, it has a tingly feel, lively carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
Overall Impression: Thanks for grabbing me one of these Kramer! Iíd been meaning to try this one anyway. Wow, that is an in your face spice nose for sure. The other components seem like they could be pretty interesting, but are just completely crushed by the spice. I have mixed feeling on this one, but ultimately I could have used more balance.


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